Hostage-taker receives 10-year prison sentence

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A Wilson man who federal prosecutors say held a child hostage while he was armed with a gun will spend a decade in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Kelly Shadrome Anderson last week to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon in April 2018.

In September 2016, the Wilson Police Department responded to a hostage situation at a home in Wilson, federal prosecutors say.

Anderson ran into the home with a gun and locked himself inside with the homeowner’s niece, who was a 4-year-child, according to officials.

Police engaged in hostage negotiations with Anderson, who eventually released the child and then surrendered himself to authorities.

Police conducted a search of the home and found a gun hidden in the living room couch cushions, federal prosecutors say.

Upon further investigation, police determined Anderson was involved in a dispute in a nearby neighborhood, where federal officials say he fired a gun, ran away and arrived at the victim’s home.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone, according to federal authorities.

The Wilson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.